January 09, 2004 13:53
KBS 2TV's "Entertainment Weekly" will be making its 1,000th broadcast on Saturday. The program, which began airing on April 8, 1984, has been bringing to viewers exciting news on the entertainment world's biggest stars for the last two decades.
"Entertainment Weekly," which inspired similar programs on MBC and SBS, has had 40 hosts, including current star actresses like Kim Hee-ae, Lee Yeong-ae, as well as top actresses of their age like Wang Yeong-eun and Kim Cheong. Kim Byeong-chan, Lim Baek-cheon, Son Beom-su, and the late Chu Song-ung have also held the microphone.
As the public's interest in stars grew, the program's scope increasingly widened, but the criticism it has received for digging up dirt has been second to none.
Last November, "Entertainment Weekly" began trying something new in order to alleviate such criticism. The program broke with the usual practice of making popular stars the show's hosts and turned over the mike to producer Pak Tae-ho.
It also charged actual journalists and producers with making reports or sitting on the show's panel. Moreover, rather than simply following around movie stars, the program strengthened its planning department and started covering real stories. The changes are still being made, and there are yet many hills to cross, but viewers seem to like what's happening.
For the special 1,000th broadcast edition on Saturday, old hosts like Wang Yeong-eun and Kim Cheong, as well as top stars like Pak Jung-hun, Yu Dong-geun, Chae Shi-ra, and Jang Na-ra will be on hand to take a look at the last 20 years of Korean entertainment. The broadcast will be 80 minutes long.
Producer Pak Tae-ho said that he felt most satisfied because since the changes have been made, the show has broken past the teen audience and has expanded its popularity among views in their 30s and 40s. He said from next week, he plans to assemble a five or six man panel of movie, music, and pop culture critics in order to unearth items with a little more depth.
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